Political analysts Glenn W. Smith and Peck Young join host Thorne Dreyer in discussing the Republican and Democratic conventions and 2012 presidential elections.
Glenn W. Smith has spent the past 30 years as a writer, campaign manager, activist, and think tank analyst. A former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post, Smith led Ann Richards’ successful 1990 campaign for Governor of Texas and worked for Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen. He’s coordinated national campaigns for MoveOn.org. and was a senior fellow at George Lakoff’s prestigious Rockridge Institute in Berkeley. He is the author of “The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction,” writes regularly for The Huffington Post and FireDogLake, and created the popular DogCanyon website. Smith has appeared as a political analyst with Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Brit Hume, and many others.
Peck Young, who worked for 30 years as one of Texas leading political campaign strategists, is Director of the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at Austin Community College. He has worked as a consultant with Texas Governor Ann Richards and numerous other leading Texas political figures and for the presidential campaigns of Michael Dukakis, Bill Bradley, and Bill Clinton/Al Gore. He has received many professional honors and has been a force in Austin politics, working for renewable energy and single-member City Council districts, and drafted the city’s first Ethics, Financial Disclosure, and Lobby Registration ordinances.
This podcast includes original politically-themed topical songs by Austin singer-songwriter and "eco-troubadour" Bill Oliver that were first performed on the August 31 program. KOOP underwriting announcements and fall membership drive fundraising pitches have been removed.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 55:00.